Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 27th, 2011

Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 4, Part 1 of 18 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: A couple classes ago, I talked about an aspect of meditation practice, or spiritual practice in general, that I don’t usually talk about because it felt more personal; and yet it […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 25th, 2011

One of the things I am doing with this blog is putting in early drafts and beginnings of material which will be in one of my next books.  One of those book will be about looking for the Spirit in modern times, as seen through my eyes, with me probably being somewhat typical of a […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 24th, 2011

Those of you who’ve heard me lecture know I use images a lot to illustrate ideas, and I often make the point that it’s so hard to find time to read, to keep up with things nowadays. There’s a very funny (to my sense of humor) cartoon I saw at least 30 years ago that […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 20th, 2011

As readers of this blog or my recent The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Science and Spirit Together know, I have long been concerned with the psychological and spiritual damage the world view I call Dismissive Materialism does to people.  The idea that there is no inherent meaning or purpose […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 20th, 2011

Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 4, Part 19 of 19 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. Student: So what’s the reason why you enlighten people? CTT: It’s a friendship act. That’s all. Student: Yes. Why would an enlightened person not say that they were enlightened? Because you keep […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 18th, 2011

Some interesting correspondence on world views, altered states, animism, materialism, suppression of the bright shadow, Dismissive Materialism, etc. that, with Matt Colborn’s permission, I’m sharing. 3-17-11 Hi Charles — I’ve just been doing some corrections to the manuscript of my book Pluralism and the Mind and as a result been thinking a lot about different […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 16th, 2011

Much of my research and writing about parapsychological subjects is somewhat abstract, dealing with laboratory experiments and what they might mean.  I’m just finishing teaching a course on basic Parapsychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and trying to give students some personal feel for the material and its importance in human life,  not just […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 13th, 2011

Dr. Charles T. Tart, Mindfulness, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Lecture 4, Part 18 of 19 parts. To start class from beginning, click here. CTT: But let’s throw in one more factor here that’s important, especially since so many of us are going to become clinicians, and that’s projection and transference reactions. Every one of us […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 13th, 2011

Friday night and Saturday morning (March 12, 2011), my wife and I participated in two telephone-conference type meditation trainings/explorations led by Shinzen Young (www.shinzen.org ).  This morning’s focused on what Shinzen describes, in his most up-to-date, comprehensive reworking of the language of meditation practices, as Focus on All.  In this form of vipassana, the basic […]

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Dr. Charles T. Tart on March 10th, 2011

I have been discussing with colleagues how the models we have, explicit or implicit, of what is possible and desirable, can affect how we function, even if we don’t know we have such models.  With respect to “meditation,” I thought it might be interesting to share one of the communications I have sent to my […]

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